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GENTLE3IEX OJb' THE  PKES8                                 03

The article was cabled back to India. But it was not spicy
enough for Indian journalism, and so it was 'edited.5 Just one
word was cut out from the above passage.. .the word 'only.* If
you read the sentence with this omission you will notice that the
entire sense is altered. After editing, the article created the usual
uproar in the Hindu press.

That sort of thing happened over and over again, till in, the
end, when it was impossible to escape from reporters, I used to
greet them with the following words :

6 You do not want to listen to anything I have to say; if you
did listen, you would not understand it; if you should understand
it, you would misreport it. You are here for only two reasons,
either to make me tell lies or to tell lies yourselves.'

* You have a low opinion of us/ they would observe, after this

'The lowest.   Have a drink.'

We usually left it at that. Oddly enough, after these insults,
I occasionally got the truth across, to the astonishment of ail

One last word on this sordid subject.
This hotchpotch of rumour, prejudice, and ignorance which
forms the Indian Hindu press—thf infantile paralytic of world
journalism—is allowed, by the British Government, a freedom of
expression which would be singular iix time of peace and is stag-
gering in time of war.
For a few annas, at the time of writing, I could go round the
corner and purchase enough anti-British, Anti-American, and
anti-war propaganda to keep Dr. Goebbels supplied for weeks.
Every ignoble motive, every type of squalid intrigue, is attri-
buted to Churchill and Roosevelt. The Viceroy is insulted with a
bitterness and a vulgarity worthy of Streicher at his worst. One
day a young Hindu editor—who must have bsen strangely mis-
informed about my personal opinion^—hustled into the room
with a large cartoon which he proceeded to unfold on the bed, It